Venturefest South West, a flagship event for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors in the technology sector, is focusing on a range of sectors including the newly emerging photonics industry. A key photonics session at the event at Sandy Park on 18th October looks at the strength of the South West’s most innovative hi-tech photonics companies and the impact of their latest cutting edge technology.
Murray Reed, Chief Technology Officer of Gooch & Housego will talk about how photonics has changed our lives in the last 5 years and how it will evolve in the next ten.
We asked him a few questions:
• What does your work involve?
Gooch & Housego is a UK company who develop and manufacture optical and fiber optical products for many different commercial end uses. As Chief Technical Officer of G&H I lead the new product development across the company, which means at four sites in the UK and 5 sites in the USA.
• What problem does your innovation solve?
G&H is a photonics technology business headquartered in Ilminster with operations in the UK and USA and sales all over the world. We manufacture advanced optical products for applications in industrial and medical lasers, telecommunications, semiconductors & microelectronics, aerospace & defence and the life sciences. We offer a really broad range of different optical components, things like precision polished prisms and mirrors and high reliability fiber-optic cables, and also put these all parts together with mechanics and electronics to make complete photonic systems.
• How did you obtain investors for your own venture?
G&H is publicly traded on AIM.